Definition of runcible spoon in English:

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runcible spoon

Pronunciation: /ˈrʌnsɪb(ə)l/


A fork curved like a spoon, with three broad prongs, one of which has a sharpened outer edge for cutting.
Example sentences
  • After reading last week's article on the origin of the spoon/fork combo, known as the spork, Nell of Sarasota e-mailed asking whether I was familiar with the runcible spoon used by Owl and Pussycat to eat quince in Edward Lear's famous poem.


Late 19th century: used by Edward Lear, perhaps suggested by late 16th-century rouncival, denoting a large variety of pea.

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